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2014

International and Area Studies

Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union

European Commission

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Going Mobile: Political Careers And Institutional Power In The European Commission, Zachary Arace Jan 2014

Going Mobile: Political Careers And Institutional Power In The European Commission, Zachary Arace

Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union

The European Commission is arguably the most powerful component of today’s European Union, yet little is understood about who actually comprises the Commission and how they get to Brussels. Scholars have thus far focused on piecemeal studies of backgrounds of Commissioners, legislative approaches to Commission recruitment, or spatial models of multilevel governance systems (among others). In contrast, this paper takes a comprehensive approach to understanding paths to the Commission. To support this approach, a large-N data set of both institutional and personal (i.e., biographies and career histories) data of all Commissioners appointed since 2010 is constructed. This data ...